Differential language trajectories following treatment for pediatric posterior fossa tumor: an investigation of four cases

Lewis, Fiona M. and Murdoch, Bruce E. (2013) Differential language trajectories following treatment for pediatric posterior fossa tumor: an investigation of four cases. NeuroRehabilitation, 32 1: 165-183. doi:10.3233/NRE-130834


Author Lewis, Fiona M.
Murdoch, Bruce E.
Title Differential language trajectories following treatment for pediatric posterior fossa tumor: an investigation of four cases
Journal name NeuroRehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1053-8135
1878-6448
Publication date 2013-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/NRE-130834
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 165
End page 183
Total pages 19
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Up to 85% of children treated for brain tumor survive beyond five years; hence optimizing quality of life in survivorship has become a priority. As multiple factors contribute to the heterogeneity of neurocognitive and language outcomes for individual children following treatment, a means of monitoring subsequent development is needed for the individual child, particularly when pre-morbid performance indices are not available. The current study investigated the use of developmental language trajectories as a means of monitoring language development subsequent to treatment for tumors located within the posterior fossa. The language skills of four children treated for posterior fossa tumor (PFT) were monitored over time (range of monitoring: 2 years – 6 years) and the resultant trajectories were plotted against the trajectories based on tests’ normative data as well as the trajectories of control children drawn from each child’s local community. Each child’s trajectory was considered in terms of age-appropriate developmental gains and discussed regarding the need for ongoing clinical monitoring of emerging, developing or established language skills. The study’s findings highlight the heterogeneity of language outcomes following PFT. The utility of the application of developmental trajectories for the provision of individualized post-treatment support is discussed.
Keyword Posterior fossa tumor
Language trajectory
Risk-adapted treatments
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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